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Airport Consulting Weekly
Dec. 1, 2011
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US airport bonds eyed in American Airlines bankruptcy
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The move by American Airlines to seek bankruptcy protection raised concerns over billions of dollars of tax-exempt debt, particularly issued by airports where the carrier has a big presence. Kurt Krummenacker, an airport analyst at Moody's Investors Service, said Chicago's O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami airports will be particularly watched to see if American's Chapter 11 filing will have any impact on the roughly $16 billion of general airport revenue bonds (GARBs) sold by those airports. More

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Airlines association set to rebrand
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Air Transport Association CEO Nick Calio is piloting the airline lobby through a complete overhaul. Less than a year into his tenure, Calio is set to unveil a new name for the industry trade group: Airlines for America - We Connect the World. That's A4A for short - and the new name will be accompanied by a new logo. But the rebranding, often a monumental task with internal association politics, is just cosmetic compared to the other changes he is leading. More

Mica revives privatized airport security idea
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Employing airline safety officials is considered perfectly appropriate government work to many, but not to Rep. John L. Mica, the Florida Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It's not that he has anything against the transportation security officers (TSOs) who screen passengers and baggage at the nation's airports. In fact, he says many of them are "hardworking, dedicated personnel." More

Better information needed to prevent tarmac delays
The Associated Press via Aviation Pros    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal officials say they are considering ways to better share information among airlines, airports and air traffic controllers to prevent passengers from becoming trapped for hours on tarmacs during bad weather. Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt told an aviation forum the nightmare scenario that occurred last month at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut during a snowstorm might have been avoided or mitigated if airlines had understood the conditions at the airport before sending planes there. More

Push on to expand private TSA baggage screeners
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As complaints swirl around the Transportation Security Administration, some airports and lawmakers want to hire private baggage screeners under a program the TSA administrator is reluctant to expand. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wants more airports to join the little-known TSA program that hires private screeners - rather than government workers - at 17 airports so far.
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Pittsburgh airport a model for weather diversions
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Pittsburgh International Airport's reputation as a smooth, efficient stop for weather-diverted airliners could be enhanced following a Nov. 30 federal hearing on how to better handle diversions. The issue of tarmac delays and weather diversions came to the forefront again last month after passengers on a Jet Blue flight were kept on the tarmac for seven hours after landing at Bradley International Airport outside Hartford, Conn. More

Congressmen want help for struggling SoCal airport
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Two Southern California congressmen have asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for help in saving struggling Ontario International Airport, which has seen passenger traffic drop by a third in the past four years. Republican Reps. Jerry Lewis of Redlands and Ken Calvert of Corona sent letters on Monday to LaHood and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asking them to improve the lightly-used airport. More

Improved runway means opportunities at airport
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A newly widened and resurfaced primary runway and updated runway lighting will improve safety at St. Louis Downtown Airport and allow the airport to accommodate larger aircraft. Airport Director Bob McDaniel said the improvements should mean increased traffic for the airport and increased business for private aviation services operating there. More

Indianapolis Airport gets electric car chargers
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Electric vehicles owners in the Indianapolis area are in luck, as the Indianapolis International Airport will soon be home to three new EV chargers. The wall-mounted GE WattStation chargers are now available, and will be used as part of the airport's valet service, which will allow the airport to rotate charging vehicles as needed. The installation is part of a partnership between GE and Purdue University, in nearby West Lafayette, Indiana. The university will be gathering data from the chargers to be used in ongoing EV research. More

Airlines phase out small jets, leaving some towns without service; 1 airport says take a bus
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The little planes that connect America's small cities to the rest of the world are slowly being phased out. Airlines are getting rid of these planes - their least-efficient - in response to the high cost of fuel. Delta, United Continental, and other big airlines are expected to park, scrap or sell hundreds of jets with 50 seats or fewer in coming years. Small propeller planes are meeting the same fate.
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Google Maps takes you indoors
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A new version of Google Maps is putting indoor plans on smartphones. An upgrade of Google's mobile mapping service was just released. It includes directions within stores, malls, airports and transit centers in the U.S. That means users will now be able to fire up maps in certain malls, airports, and department stores, complete with the little blue dot that shows where they are, from the devices. The mobile directory will even change as the user goes from one floor to another. More

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Athens, Greece airport passenger traffic drops 5 percent in first 10 months
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Athens International Airport SA passenger traffic fell 5.3 percent in the first 10 months of the year as the economic crisis curtailed Greek travel. The number of people passing through the country's biggest airport dropped to 12.7 million from 13.4 million a year earlier, according to a statement on the company's website. More

Birmingham Airport in row with CBI over London expansion plans
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Birmingham Airport is at loggerheads with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) over its outspoken support for expansion of aviation services in London. The U.K.'s senior management organization is urging the Government to build a third runway at Heathrow, or a new airport in the South-east of England. More

Vegas airport bets on Asia-bound fliers, airlines
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Never mind "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Perhaps the new slogan for America's gambling capital should be "Stop over for a quickie in Sin City." A quick visit, that is. Las Vegas tourism officials are betting that a new air terminal will lure some travelers to use Las Vegas as a regular stopover en route to Asia or other foreign places. More

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Insight into international aviation development at the ACC Global Business Summit
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Over 50 industry experts gathered in Washington, D.C. yesterday to learn best practices and valuable resources for growing their aviation business globally. Panelists with years of global experience provided lessons learned from multiple emerging markets and representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ex-Im Bank of the U.S. and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency explained how government agencies can facilitate international projects. Special thanks to ACC Globalization Committee Chair Mike DeVoy with RW Armstrong, David Stader with CH2M HILL and all who contributed to making the summit a success. If you would like to be involved in the ACC Globalization Committee, please contact ACC Headquarters.

Join ACC for a free webinar: 'Financing U.S. Airports in the Future'
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Join us on Dec. 14 from 12:30-1:30 ET for a free webinar sponsored by The Arnold W. Thompson Charitable Trust. Understanding the airport financing 'new normal' is essential for engineers, architects, planners, environmental and security specialists alike, not to mention those who specialize in airport financing. During this webinar, transportation expert Bob Poole, director of transportation policy at The Reason Foundation, will bring to light what needs to be understood TODAY regarding new and expanding sources of funding, the possibility of airport deregulation, new airport privatization possibilities as well as the regulatory and legislative challenges that exist and financing basics. Find out what U.S. airport financing could be like without AIP grants. More

Last chance! Meet FAA recurrent training requirements at the ACC/FAA Airport Wildlife Advanced Training Course
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Only one week remains to register to improve the quality of Wildlife Hazard Assessments and develop more effective Wildlife Hazard Management Plans in accordance with FAA requirements at the 2011 ACC/FAA Airport Wildlife Advanced Training Course on December 8-9th. Targeted toward airport wildlife biologists, airport wildlife managers, and consultants, this unique new offering has been approved by FAA to meet recurrent training requirements outlined in AC 150/5200-36 and will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to conduct WHAs and WHMPs in a manner that meets FAA's expectations and in accordance with recently modified Advisory Circulars. Attendees will also get updates on new trends, best practices and new research. The workshop will feature a mix of lectures, interactive panels and class exercises. More

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Ramp safety practices
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 29: Ramp Safety Practices addresses the current state of ground handling practices, focusing on safety measures and training. Issues addressed in the report include ramp safety operations, staff roles and responsibilities, safety training, audit and inspection programs, safety violation programs, and collaborative safety initiatives, such as foreign object debris programs. More

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